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Regulating Artificial Intelligence and Automated Decision-Making

The Law Commission of Ontario has been reviewing the principles and impact of artificial intelligence (AI) in the Canadian justice system for some years. Its three points of focus have been on the use of AI in criminal justice, in civil justice and in government. A in late 2020 on criminal justice aspects. It was described in here. The second report is on government uses, under the title . As with the criminal paper, there is a helpful as well. Regulating AI presents a lot of challe...
Tags: Law, Eu, Canada, Commission, European Commission, Legal Technology, Ontario, Adm, Law Commission, LSO, Law Commission of Ontario, LCO, Teresa Scassa, Expert Group on Artificial Intelligence, Ontario Public Service

Regulatory Innovation With a Legal Tech Sandbox

On April 22, 2021, the Law Society of Ontario approved a “Regulatory Sandbox for Innovative Technological Legal Services”, a five-year pilot project through which non-licensee providers will be given the LSO’s blessing to provide “innovative technological legal services” directly to consumers, under the LSO’s supervision. The sandbox was recommended by the LSO’s Technology Task Force in its report released on April 13, 2021. The sandbox is currently slated to launch in October 2021. The proposed...
Tags: Utah, Law, Chicago, Canada, Legal Ethics, Ontario, Task Force, Advisory Council, California Florida, Law Society, LSO, Utah Supreme Court, Canada Ontario, Edward Elgar, Noel Semple, Law Society of British Columbia

Fingers Crossed for a Sandbox!

What makes for an effective and efficient law society? This isn’t a question without controversy. The last several decades abound with debate about what exactly Canadian law societies should be doing and how they should be doing it. Two propositions, however, strike me as relatively uncontroversial: (1) law societies should engage in evidence-based policy making; and (2) law societies should continually evolve their approaches in response to changes in the legal services environment. In short, w...
Tags: Utah, Law, Digital, Toronto, Canada, United States, Time Magazine, North America, British Columbia, Legal Ethics, LexisNexis, Ontario, Law Society, LSO, Rebecca Sandefur, Jordan Furlong

Antonio Pappano To Leave Royal Opera House For London Symphony

The Italian-British conductor has been music director at Covent Garden since 2002; at the end of the 2023-24 season, he’ll move three miles or so across town to the Barbican, where he’ll succeed Simon Rattle as chief conductor of the LSO. – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Music, Barbican, Covent Garden, Simon Rattle, LSO, Antonio Pappano, 03.30.21, Leave Royal Opera House For London Symphony

Ensuring Professional Competence?

In February, it was reported that the UK’s Legal Services Board was moving forward with plans to introduce “continuing competence checks” for lawyers. This could involve the regulator obtaining feedback from consumers, judges and peers; making quality assurance visits; and possibly even requiring formal revalidation of lawyers’ credentials. In my last column, I discussed how the raison d’être of lawyer regulation is to ensure that anyone providing legal services will meet standards of profession...
Tags: UK, Law, Society, Canada, Nova Scotia, NCA, Legal Ethics, Saskatchewan, Ontario, Law Society, LSO, Georgetown Law, Noel Semple, Woolley, Amy Salyzyn, Salyzyn

Sir Simon Rattle will leave the LSO for Munich

The musician's departure is considered a blow for Britain's classical music scene.
Tags: News, Munich, Britain, Simon Rattle, LSO

Yours to Discover: The Lack of Evidence Supporting the Conclusions Reached by the LSO Paralegal Licensing Report

On June 26, 2020, the Law Society of Ontario (LSO) released the Family Legal Services Provider License Consultation Paper (FLSPL) for review and comment by the legal profession in Ontario. Prior to the release of the FLSPL the LSO had released the Ontario Civil Legal Needs Project Steering Committee’s Report to Convocation entitled “Listening to Ontarians”, which in May of 2010 reported to Convocation that the Committee had identified access to justice as a significant issue facing the public in...
Tags: Law, Oregon, Court, Canada, Committee, CBA, Ontario, CDR, Cleo, Supra, Boyd, Yasir Naqvi, LSO, Ontario Court, Justice Issues, Action Committee on Access to Justice

Why the “Access to Justice” Activity Should Be Trying to Solve the A2J Problem

[The content of this article is closely related to six of my previous posts on Slaw, dated: July 25, 2019; April 9, 2020; May 29, 2020; August 6, 2020; October 22, 2020; and October 24, 2020. See also the full text on the SSRN. And, the articles cited below without authors named, are mine.] The responses being advocated for the access to justice problem (the A2J problem) of unaffordable lawyers’ services, do not involve solving the problem. Instead, they propose using: (1) “lesser legal services...
Tags: Justice, Law, Immigration, Toronto, Canada, British Columbia, Ontario, Daniel, Richard Susskind, Supreme Court of Canada, Oxford University Press, LSO, Oxford University Press OUP, Ryerson University, Practice Of Law, Amy Salyzyn

Adieu, Adieu, Adieu, Le Fax Machine

Your time has come, Dear Fax Machine, Though your reign lasted long. We were first introduced, In That Me Decade, Singing your shrilling song. It took a plague, For learned counsel, To break their solemn vow. No longer can we wait, To gain word from work, We need it, here and now. Though you believe your brother, To be the cause, Of your final demise. Reality is that technology, Has found better ways, Much to all our surprise. Thy Impaired kin, May seem to be, A poor heir to your legacy, A band ...
Tags: Technology, Law, LSO, Substantive Law: Legislation, Adieu Adieu Adieu Le Fax Machine, Dear Fax Machine Though, Adieu Adieu Adieu Le Fax Machine We

If You See Something, Say Nothing: Why Lawyers Don’t Report to the Law Society

In identifying professional misconduct, legal regulators are heavily reliant on client complaints and receive relatively little help from practitioners. For example, 71% of complaints to the Law Society of Ontario in 2019 were brought forward by members of the public (typically clients) while only 12% came from legal professionals. The problem is that there are many forms of professional misconduct that only professionals, and not clients, can readily identify. Misconduct therefore goes undetect...
Tags: Law, Legal Ethics, Ontario, LSO, Law Society of Ontario, Canadian Association for Legal Ethics, Criminal Law Division

Making the Hard Decisions: Ethical Lawyering

What do you do as a lawyer when your client wants you to call a witness or make representations to the court that you believe are non-starters and even dangerous to your client’s case? If you’re one of President Donald Trump’s lawyers, you might seek to introduce a “handwritten yellow sticky note” as evidence of election fraud (see decision with ruling the note was inadmissible as hearsay here). And then there’s Dean Embry, the lawyer representing James Sears, the editor of Your Ward News, who n...
Tags: Law, Globe, Donald Trump, Sears, Ontario, Cbc, National Post, Law Society, LSO, Canadian Press, Embry, Perkel, Practice Of Law, Law Society of Ontario LSO, Colin Perkel, Dean Embry

Is Former SCC Chief Justice McLachlin’s Action Committee and Leadership of the A2J Agencies Avoiding the Major Issues? [Part 2 of 2 Parts]

[The content of this article is closely related to five of my previous posts on Slaw , dated: July 25, 2019 ; April 9, 2020 ; May 29, 2020 ; August 6, 2020 ; and, October 22, 2020 . See also the full text on the SSRN .] Part 1 presented the proposition that the great amount of “emergency relief-type” activity and literature that has been produced by the many access to justice agencies (A2J agencies) in relation to the “A2J problem” of unaffordable lawyers’ services,...
Tags: Justice, Law, Court, Canada, Department Of Justice, University of Toronto, Stanford University, Ontario, Toronto Star, Supreme Court of Canada, Statistics Canada, Law Society, LSO, R, SCC, Monahan

Is Former SCC Chief Justice McLachlin’s Action Committee and Leadership of the A2J Agencies Avoiding the Major Issues? [Part 1 of 2 Parts]

[The content of this article is closely related to four of my previous posts on Slaw, dated: July 25, 2019; April 9, 2020; May 29, 2020; and, August 6, 2020. See also the full text on the SSRN.] The recent decision of the Supreme Court of Canada in, R. v. Thanabalasingham 2020 SCC 18 (July 17, 2020; by a full Court of 9 Justices), demonstrates why the access to justice problem exists, i.e. the A2J problem of unaffordable legal services for middle- and lower-income people (they being the majority...
Tags: Justice, Supreme Court, Law, California, Court, Toronto, Canada, United Nations, Jordan, Johnson, Smith, British Columbia, Committee, Ontario, Ken, Supreme Court of Canada

Cavern Club and LSO get share of £257m culture fund

The cash injection for under-threat venues is part of the government's Cultural Recovery Fund.
Tags: UK, News, Cavern Club, LSO

Does the Proposed 25% LSO Fee Reduction Make Any Sense?

The last six months have been a challenge for everyone. The impacts of the pandemic have differed but no one has been spared. Lawyers and paralegals are no different. We have all been affected, in varying degrees and in varying ways. For many of us, the fact that we provide professional services rather produce goods or provide retail services has helped as many professional services need not be provided in person. Remote work has been possible for many. But some have been particularly affected. ...
Tags: Law, Miscellaneous, Ontario, Law Society, LSO, Practice Of Law

Lucy Crowe and Allan Clayton join Sir Simon Rattle and the LSO at St Luke's

The London Symphony Orchestra opened their Autumn 2020 season with a homage to Oliver Knussen, who died at the age of 66 in July 2018. The programme traced a national musical lineage through the twentieth century, from Britten to Knussen, on to Mark-Anthony Turnage, and entwining the LSO and Rattle too.
Tags: Religion, London Symphony Orchestra, Simon Rattle, Britten, St Luke, LSO, Mark Anthony Turnage, Allan Clayton, Lucy Crowe, Oliver Knussen, Knussen

Comments on the LSO’s Education Plan for a Family Legal Services Provider Licence

In an effort to increase assistance for family law litigants who do not have legal representation (self- or unrepresented litigants) and to assuage the concerns of the family law bar, some members of whom object to the introduction of paralegals into family law, at the same time, the Law Society of Ontario has proposed a new licencing framework, one limited to the provision of legal services in family law and one most likely to be taken up by existing paralegals. The LSO has invited comment on t...
Tags: Law, Education & Training, Ontario, Law Society, LSO, Justice Committee, Practice Of Law, Justice Issues, IPV, Bonkalo, Family Legal Services Review, Law Society of Ontario, Children 's Aid Society, Humber College, Justice Bonkalo, FLSP

Law Societies’ “Bencher Burden” Causes the Access to Justice Problem

[See the full text of this article on the SSRN. It is related to my three previous posts on Slaw, dated: July 25, 2019; April 9, 2020; and, May 29, 2020.] Bigger law firms are now providing an example of the solution to the access to justice problem (the A2J problem) that is the unaffordability of legal services for the majority of society that is middle- and lower-income people. Richard Susskind, (with son Daniel), in, The Future of the Professions (Oxford University Press, 2015) states (at p. ...
Tags: Law, Canada, Columbia, Ontario, Daniel, Richard Susskind, Moore, LSO, LegalZoom, Oxford University Press OUP, Lao, Practice Of Law, Christopher Moore, Law Society of Upper Canada, University of Toronto Press, Law Society of British Columbia

A Good Day for Self-Regulation: The LSO’s Family Law Paralegal Proposal

Paralegals have been licensed to independently offer legal services in Ontario since 2007. Their current scope of practice includes tribunal and small claims matters, provincial offences, and some other legal needs. Last month, the Law Society of Ontario’s Family Law Working Group proposed that paralegals, with special training, be allowed to offer family law services as well. The scope of practice proposed for paralegals in family law is surprisingly broad. I had expected that it might be confi...
Tags: Law, Washington, Legal Ethics, Ontario, Floyd, Law Society, LSO, Working Group, Family Law Working Group

LSO sets opening concert date of Oct. 19

Plans are in progress as to how to properly distance audience members          [Author: Lansing State Journal]
Tags: Religion, Lansing State Journal, LSO

Oklahoma Launches Statewide Pro Bono Portal, with Help from Paladin

The Oklahoma Access to Justice Foundation, in partnership with the justice tech company Paladin, is today launching a statewide online Pro Bono Opportunity Portal that will connect Oklahomans needing legal help to lawyers and law students through local legal services organizations. In the months since the coronavirus pandemic started, Paladin has played a leading role in helping to launch multiple pro bono portals, including the nationwide Disaster Relief Pro Bono Portal that was launched April ...
Tags: Law, Uncategorized, Oklahoma, American Bar Association, Aba, Paladin, LSO, LegalZoom, New York State Bar Association, Kristen Sonday, Oklahoma Launches Statewide Pro Bono Portal, Oklahoma Access to Justice Foundation, Disaster Relief Pro Bono Portal, Unemployment Insurance Relief, Oklahoma Bar Foundation, George Kaiser Family Foundation Like

Society’s Income-Inequality Unrest and Law Society Access to Justice Failure

[See the full text of this article on the SSRN. This one is related to my two previous Slaw posts dated: July 25, 2019, and April 9, 2020] Law society bencher-based[i] management structure: (1) has caused and perpetuates the very destructive access to justice problem (the A2J problem) of unaffordable lawyers’ services for middle- and lower-income people; which has a cause-and-effect relationship with, (2) increasing the negative consequences of society’s equally destructive income-inequality pro...
Tags: Justice, Law, Toronto, Canada, Lake, Ontario, Peter, Niagara, Supreme Court of Canada, Supra, Law Society, LSO, LegalZoom, Ryerson University, Jordan Furlong, Practice Of Law

Redesigning the Legal System: Let’s Start With What It Takes to Achieve Justice

There have been for years many outspoken proponents of using increased advanced technology in the legal system: use of technology by lawyers, remote court and tribunal hearings, increasing accessibility of information — substantive and navigational — for users of the legal system, and making decision-making systematic through algorithms. In certain respects, using technology has proceeded apace (providing online information, for example), but in others, it has been slow (for instance, court proc...
Tags: Technology, Law, Bill, Globe, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario, LSO, Macfarlane, Court of Queen 's Bench, Justice Issues, Julie Macfarlane, Amy Salyzyn, Salyzyn, The Supreme Court of Canada, Omar Ha Redeye

Law Society Policy for Access to Justice Failure, Part Two

[see the full text on the SSRN (updated in March, 2020)] The comment of the Treasurer of the Law Society of Ontario (Malcolm Mercer, its CEO) responding to my first article having the above same title, published in Slaw, on July 25, 2019, contains the following objections: 1. That I am wrong to say that law societies should be defending lawyers’ markets. He states: Rather, the principal role of the Law Society under the Law Society Act (Ontario) is to (i) determine what legal services should app...
Tags: Justice, Law, Canada, Bill, Ontario, Law Society, LSO, Mercer, LegalZoom, Monahan, Patricia Hughes, Lao, Practice Of Law, Christopher Moore, Law Society of Upper Canada, University of Toronto Press

Commissioning Affidavits: The LSO Is Only Part of the Picture

To many people’s delight, the Law Society of Ontario has stated that it is interpreting section 9 of the Commissioners for Taking Affidavits Act to include virtual commissioning. Reponses to a Slaw post by Pulat Yunusov from last November, in support of the LSO’s then position against virtual commissioning were dismissive of his concerns about virtual commissioning; they also illustrate the eagerness with which people are keen to throw off the bonds of in-person commissioning. (Yunusov stressed ...
Tags: Law, Bill, Alberta, Ontario, Law Society, LSO, Canadian Judicial Council, Technology: Internet, Practice of Law: Future of Practice, Law Society of Alberta, Law Society of Ontario, Pulat Yunusov, Doug Downey, COVID, Yunusov

Revisiting the LCO’s Family Law Final Report Seven Years Later

This past Saturday I had the pleasure of meeting with students in McMaster University’s Justice, Political Philosophy and Law Program (“JPPL Program”) at a Wine and Cheese “Industry Night” organized by the JPPL Student Society. Not surprisingly, many students, although not all, anticipate applying for law school after completing the program. I was one of 10 panelists (!) with a range of experiences in law asked to give the students some idea about our own backgrounds and then answer a specific q...
Tags: Justice, Law, United Nations, Un, Ottawa, Ontario, THOMSON, LSO, Justice Issues, George Thomson, Substantive Law, Legal Aid Ontario, Bonkalo, Family Legal Services Review, Law Commission of Ontario, Law Society of Ontario

Harassment in the Legal Profession: A Few Bad Apples?

Far too many people who work in law firms are subject to harassment by lawyers and paralegals. What, if anything, should our law societies do about this? Much depends on whether one sees the problem as “bad apples,” or as symptomatic of problems with the entire “barrel” which is the legal profession in Canada. “Harassment” is defined by the Ontario Human Rights Code as “a course of vexatious comment or conduct that is known or ought reasonably to be known to be unwelcome.” Harassment is often (b...
Tags: Law, Canada, Nova Scotia, Globe, Calgary, Legal Ethics, Craig, Ontario Court of Appeal, LSO, Adam Dodek, Downie, DHC, Woolley, Amy Salyzyn, OHRC, Ontario Human Rights Code

The LSO Technology Guideline: Considering the Ethics of It All

In the fall of 2019, the Federation of Law Societies of Canada amended their Model Code of Professional Conduct to incorporate reference to the use of technology in section 3.1-2 of the Model Code, which addresses competence. The Law Society of Ontario has provided the profession with a “guideline” in the use of technology, which in some cases refers to the Rules of Professional Conduct, but it is not itself a rule of professional conduct. It constitutes, in effect, desirable behaviour but, with...
Tags: Facebook, Florida, Usa, Technology, Law, Canada, Google Docs, Michigan, Bill, Skype, Facetime, Recognition, Aba, CBA, Northwest Territories, Ontario

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion – What Can We Agree on and What Can’t We?

I recently attended part of RODA’s 5th Annual Diversity Conference which was entitled Resilience in Challenging Times. I was particularly interested in hearing the panel Building Consensus: The Future of EDI at the LSO. There were four panelists; two from the Stop the SOP slate and two who had been members of the Law Society Challenges Task Force. The context for the panel appeared to me to be intentionally post-Statement of Principles, to address questions beyond the debate about compelled spee...
Tags: Amazon, Law, Toronto, Harvard, Canada, United States, Quebec, Legal Ethics, Ottawa, Ontario, Brown, Allen, Daniel Kahneman, Loyola High School, Supreme Court of Canada, Kahneman

Sergio Mims: André J. Thomas will conduct the London Symphony Orchestra in a concert of gospel symphonic music in March

André  J. Thomas Sergio A. Mims writes: The London Symphony Orchestra has just released a press release announcing that next month the conductor/composer/arranger Andre J. Thomas will conduct a concert of symphonic gospel music with the orchestra. "On Sunday 1 March 2020, leading American gospel music specialist André J Thomas will conduct the London Symphony Orchestra in their first ever full concert of gospel symphonic music. The evening will bring together...
Tags: London, Religion, London Symphony Orchestra, LSO, William J Zick, Sergio Mims, Brandon Boyd, André J Thomas, André J Thomas Sergio A Mims, Milton Keynes Community Choir, NaGuanda Nobles, Jason Dungee, Kathryn McDowell, London Adventist Chorale, Ken Burton